This is your home – The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd
It might seem that once the Dodd family was settled in a home of their own Cyrus would let go of the regrets he’d carried around for over a decade, but that’s not what happened.
Prudence Greenly’s furniture appeared out of place in the small house. The sofa was too long for the living room wall and had to be set cattycorner with one arm blocking part of the doorway. In the course of moving the dresser into the upstairs bedroom, a knob had been knocked off and the bottom drawer now had to be jiggled open. With the furniture so at odds with the house, it served as a reminder of things to be regretted.
On the day they’d moved out of the Greenly house, Cyrus left a check for five hundred dollars on the kitchen counter. It was an amount he considered fair payment for the furniture and furnishings. At the time he’d felt proud not taking charity but now such a sum seemed hardly justifiable, especially since the furniture was such a poor fit for the house.
Then there was the issue of Joy, who for the first two weeks sat on the steps looking weepy-eyed. When Cyrus asked what was wrong, she said she missed her home and her friends.
“This is your home,” he answered, but then she started to cry harder and he was stuck with no other answer to give.